In early May 2016, members of the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Crime Unit received information from OPP Anti-Rackets Branch and began an investigation involving two members of a family fraudulently receiving both federal and provincial benefits in the names of deceased family members over a period of 1992 – 2014.
The investigation revealed that a Blind River male made application to Service Canada in 2007 using a deceased family member’s name and social insurance number to collect Old Age Security, Canada Pension Plan and Guaranteed Income Supplement. The total amounts of the frauds are valued by Service Canada at over $420,000.
On August 8, 2016, Nardel HERMAN, 63 years of age, from Blind River, Ontario, was arrested and charged with:
- Fraud over $5000, contrary to section 380(1)(a) of the Criminal Code (CC);
- Identity Documents, contrary to section 56.1of the CC;
- Personation with Intent – Intent to Gain Advantage (Identity Fraud), contrary to section 403(1)(a); and
- Use, Deals, Acts on Forged Document, contrary to section 368(1) of the CC
The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Blind River on October 6, 2016.